Light-filled villa-style family home on quiet Leeson Park Avenue

Redbrick house in Dublin 6 has views over lawns of Royal Hospital Donnybrook

Leeson Park Avenue is a quiet, dog-leg-shaped cul de sac just off Appian Way. The houses on the sunny side of the street back onto Donnybrook's Royal Hospital, and overlook its large green lawns.

Number 4, a villa-style redbrick, overlooks this amenity, and a weathered tree house with views of the park will definitely appeal to any children viewing the property.

The house has had several refurbishments. The interconnecting reception rooms have been opened to create a large, open-plan, dual-aspect space.

Originally it would have had open fireplaces in both rooms; now the fireplace in the dining room to the rear has been boarded up. While this may be a practical solution to heat loss it throws off the symmetry of the rooms a little.


Light-filled, the remaining period features include highly polished wooden floors, with fine architraving on the windows – these and the shutters have been stripped, providing a stark contrast with the freshly polished floors.

The first of the property’s three bedrooms is on the hall return. Overlooking the southerly rear, this would also make a lovely home office or kids den. The property’s other two bedrooms are downstairs. Each has excellent built-in wardrobe space. The back bedroom also has access to a small internal courtyard where a large louvred external door can be pulled closed at night, eliminating the need for curtains and making the room generally bright.


A single-storey extension with kitchen and family bathroom was completed by Terenure-based architects Coll and McCarthy in 2009, and the house now measures 177sq m (1,905 sqft).

The kitchen has grey units and Silestone countertops with sliding doors opening out to a patio that overlooks the southwest-facing back garden. The house has lots of good storage, but with the kitchen downstairs and the reception rooms upstairs the layout may not suit everyone. The property has an AMV of €1.25 million when it goes to auction through agents Lisney on Thursday, November 5th.

Brock Delappe has sale agreed number 1, a villa-style redbrick in need of modernisation with a long, west-facing garden, which came to market in April for €880,000. orths sold 31 Leeson Park Avenue, a two-storey over basement property, for €1.1 million earlier this year. Quillsen, formerly Gunne, is now selling number 17, a two-bedroom house with an asking price of €895,000.